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E-M:/ FYI:WH on Brownfields

Enviro-Mich message from lcvmi@igc.apc.org (Lisa Wozniak)

>Tuesday May 13 2:09 PM EDT
>W. House Unveils Plan for Pollution Clean-Up
>WASHINGTON (Reuter) - The White House unveiled Tuesday a multimillion dollar
>program to help clean up polluted
>industrial sites and appealed to Congress to approve an extra $2 billion in tax
>credits for that purpose as well.
>Vice President Al Gore said the government will invest about $300 million and
>provide an additional $165 million in loan
>guarantees under the plan to develop so-called brownfield sites, many of which
>are located in U.S. cities.
>"This is a two-year effort to spur clean-ups and the redevelopment of some
>5,000 of these brownfields," Gore told a
>news conference.
>Under the program, the federal government will review and help develop its own
>idled brownfield sites. It will also
>provide additional funds to cities and localities for job training,
>redevelopment, housing and other purposes.
>"But we must do more," Gore said. "I now call on Congress to do its part."
>In its proposed budget for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1, the administration
>has proposed $2 billion in tax incentives to
>spur development of brownfield sites.
>Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin told the news conference that Republican
>congressional leadership agreed to work to
>get the brownfields initiative passed in their recent budget talks with the
>White House.

Lisa Wozniak
Michigan Field Director
League of Conservation Voters Education Fund
117 North Division
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
phone:  313-213-2919
fax:  313-213-2915
e-mail:  lcvmi@igc.apc.org

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